Carol Burris on Ability Grouping in Schools - Larry Ferlazzo's Blog

Response: Ability Grouping In Schools -- Part Two

(This post is Part One in a two-part series. You can see Part One here)


This week's "question of the week" is:

"What does research say about use of ability groups/tracking, and how have you seen it used or misused? What are workable alternatives?"

Part One in this series shared resources on the topic of ability grouping/tracking, and author/educator Rick Wormeli shared a guest response to the question.

Today, Carol Burris, New York's 2013 High School Principal Of The Year, and Tammy Heflebower, Vice-President of the Marzano Research Laboratory contribute their thoughts, along with comments from readers.


Response From Carol Burris

Carol Burris is New York's 2013 High School Principal Of The Year. Burris has been principal of South Side High School in the Rockville Centre Union Free School District for 13 years. She was named the 2010 New York State Outstanding Educator by the School Administrators Association of New York State. Carol is the co-author (with Delia T. Garrity) of Detracking for Excellence and Equity:

The literature on the effects of tracking spans decades and includes several meta-analyses. You will find studies that show ...

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